Author: Elizabeth Miles
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: Aug 30, 2011
Classification: YA Novel
Challenge: Outdo Yourself
Summary from Goodreads:
Sometimes sorry isn’t enough…. It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems…
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better–the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel…something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
I’m not even sure where to begin with this review because I feel many different things for this book. On one hand this book starts off extremely slow. There really isn’t much going on except that some girl tried to kill herself and everyone of the popular people only pretend to care. They all go about their lives as if nothing has really happened because the girl who tried to kill herself isn’t one of the popular girls. So a very petty drama unfolds because of the popular people wanting to stay popular. This part of the story just reads in a slow, easy way, just letting drama unfold. Having already been in high school and having moved into my 4th year of college I really don’t care much for drama anymore so this part of the story wasn’t that interesting to me.
Now on the other hand we have this drama of high school woven with these three dark girls, called Furies. Not much is really known about these girls in the beginning parts of the story. Why are these girls here and what do they intend to do? The summary says that they have chosen Emily and Chase to pay, but what are they paying for exactly? This is the big mystery throughout most of the book. It makes the dull teenage drama far more interesting. These dark parts are very creepy and add a depth to the storyline that wouldn’t be there if it wasn’t for the Furies.
Overall with the mix of the drama and the darkness and depth of the furies this was a good read. I really did enjoy it by the end because there are things in this book that will make you question life when you are done. I don’t want to tell you the overall lesson of this book but it is a powerful one. I felt that this wasn’t just one of those cute paranormal romance stories, it was so much more than that. Romance is just a small part of a great story that really will make you think before you act. I would recommend that anyone reading this book stick around to the very end. The beginning makes you want to put the book back down but the ending is really where it all comes together and makes the whole story worth reading. All in all you have to have the teenage drama in this book to appreciate what the Furies are there to do, each piece will come together by the end. However, there is a small cliffhanger that makes one wonder what the next book will contain. This story gets 4 hearts from me, there were some rough patches along the way but the ending really brought everything into focus.